UN food agency approves $66 million aid operation for Central America

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the approval of a new $66-million relief operation to assist hundreds of thousands of Central Americans hard-hit by recent droughts and crop failures.

Annan mourns death of US Senator Paul Wellstone in plane crash

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan mourned the death today of United States Senator Paul Wellstone in a plane crash over Minnesota, remembering him as a “profoundly decent” man and a friend of the UN.

UN signs electoral assistance agreements with Argentina, Brazil and Panama

The United Nations today signed agreements with the Governments of Argentina, Brazil and Panama that pave the way for enhanced UN electoral assistance activities in support of Member States.

Colombia: UN human rights office condemns forced displacement of indigenous people

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today condemned the forced displacement of some 800 indigenous people following threats by the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

UN refugee agency issues new guidelines on rights of Colombian asylum seekers

To help countries cope with increasing numbers of displaced Colombians, the UN refugee agency has released a set of guidelines recommending that governments and advocates consider Colombia’s deteriorating situation when examining asylum claims by those who have fled the country.

Annan congratulates former US President Carter on winning Nobel Peace Prize

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today called to congratulate former United States President Jimmy Carter on winning the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, a UN spokesman said in New York.

Annan voices concern about possible renewed violence in Venezuela

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced concern about the possibility of renewed violence in Venezuela.

Guatemala: UN urges justice in case of murdered human rights activist priest

Reacting to the recent repeal of a sentence for the murder of Guatemalan human rights activist Monsignor Juan José Gerardi Conedera, the United Nations has urged that those responsible be brought to justice without delay.

UN receives $46 million from Washington towards US dues payment

The United Nations today received $46 million from the United States as part of a Congressional agreement on the reprogramming of Washington's payments for the UN regular budget.

Annan says Macalester College is a true ally of United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, today said the engagement of his former school, Macalester College, withthe international community debunks the myth that Americans are insularand have no interest or understanding of other peoples and cultures.